Thursday, December 29, 2011

Caldera | IPA

Caldera Brewing's IPA, coming from Ashland, Oregon, is yet another small craft brew offered in a can. Boasting Simcoe, Centennial, and Amarillo hops, at 94 IBU's, this one is sure to please.

Half poured into a pint glass for Pat, and half into a Stella chalice for Eric (fancy man), this beer has a very nice golden amber color with a good amount of fluffy beige colored head and good retention. Lots of lacing around the sides of the glass too, especially on that chalice.

The aroma is rather bittersweet with a decent amount of pale and crystal malt. Lets not leave out the wonderful hop aroma too, lots of citrus hops, both sweet and floral and a ton of bitterness.

The taste is where the hops really come through, starting out somewhat balanced, and then getting more and more bitter towards the finish. At the first sip the bitterness is almost overwhelming, but as we keep drinking, it mellows out some (or destroyed our tastebuds) and is quite smooth. The hop flavor is very citrusy, with tons of grapefruit and a bit of grassy flavor.

This one is a typical west coast style IPA, not a lot of sweet hop flavor that is common on the east coast, just a bold, bitter hop bomb. For how bitter it is, it goes down quite easy and there is little evidence of the 6.1% abv present in the taste. A very enjoyable IPA from a small tap house brewery. Personal 8/10 & Style 8.5/10.

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